State Releases Ksh. 2B To Pay KNEC Examiners, Gives Reasons for Delayed Payments
Education CS Ezekiel Machogu has announced that the government has released Sh2 billion to pay 2022 KNEC examiners.
In March, Kuppet chair Omboko Milemba said the ballooning pending bills include KCSE examiners’ pay and acting allowances.
The union chair also decried poor living conditions among teachers which he said are occasioned by state-related debts.
Machogu said the money has been released by the National Treasury and the ministry will then transfer the funds to KNEC before the officials are paid.
“Through President William Ruto, we have been given Sh2 billion and I’ll pay all who helped us in marking the 2022 national examinations. Let them be calm. I know it has taken longer than expected but all of them will be paid and going forward, that will be prioritized,” Machogu said.
“Their work environment will also be improved and payment will be timely.”
Machogu was speaking on Saturday during a career mentorship day at Kangaru School in Embu, County.
He added that payment of examiners had been delayed due to inadequate budgetary allocation to KNEC by the national government.
In the 2023-24 budget, Knec has been allocated Sh5 billion for examinations waiver for primary and secondary school learners.
Meanwhile, KNEC will conduct training for 2023 KCSE examiners.
The training is set to take place between August 13-19, 2023.
KNEC CEO David Njengere said only shortlisted applicants will pay a training fee of Sh10,500.
He said the exercise will be strictly residential and the venue for training will be communicated to the shortlisted applicants upon payment of the training fee.